Monday, April 22, 2013

Baby boy hat and loafer set

My friend at work is having her first child -- a boy! -- due this summer. Ah, babies ... so much fun to craft for. :-)

To start things off, I made the Simply Spiky Hat and Loafers pattern designed by Britta Graham.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Cabled long fingerless gloves free pattern

These lovelies are the Pretty Cabled Fingerless Gloves by Wei S. Long -- and this is also my very first knitting project with cables. Yippee! :-)

I used to be very intimidated at the thought of attempting cables, but Wei's pattern made learning the process quite easy. Using the magic loop technique, I worked the arm ribbing in size 7 needles, then switched to the size 5 needles where the cable rows begin in the wrist.

I really love this design. It is so elegant in its simplicity. I will definitely be making more of these.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Quick lacy slouch beanie free pattern

This is the Pacific Chunky Quick Lacy Slouch Hat designed by Shannon Dunbabin.

I didn’t have any bulky weight yarn in my stash, which was called for in the pattern, so I used two strands of  Caron Simply Soft held together.

I like the pattern overall, but I’m not particularly happy with the way my first attempt turned out. It just looks too loose to me. I think it will look much better if I make it again using a single strand of yarn, which I will try doing soon.